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    Hollywood, Left-Wingers Slam Trump's Plan to 'Erase' Transgender Definition

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    The new proposal, which may be presented to the US Justice Department by the end of the year, would reportedly legally define sex as either male or female, therefore denying federal recognition to people in the United States who identify themselves as transgender.

    Scores of LGBT community activists rallied in New York City and Washington DC, protesting against Trump administration’s new initiative, which may drastically alter the status of transgender people in the country.

    The new proposal, developed by the Department of Health and Human Services, may be presented to the Justice Department by the end of the year. It defines sex as solely male or female at birth, with no room for change, according to a memo obtained by The New York Times.

    "Sex means a person's status as male or female based on immutable biological traits identifiable by or before birth," the proposal, which would effectively deny federal recognition to Americans identifying themselves as transgender, says.

    This development evoked an outcry from left-wing politicians and Hollywood celebrities, who took a dim view of this proposal.

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